50's 'Massacre' Staves Off Beck's 'Guero'

The biggest sales week of Beck's career wasn't enough to knock 50 Cent from the top rung of The Billboard 200, where "The Massacre" reigns for a fifth consecutive week. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

The biggest sales week of Beck's career wasn't enough to knock 50 Cent from the top rung of The Billboard 200, where "The Massacre" reigns for a fifth consecutive week. The Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album moved 211,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, down 35% from the previous week's sales. The set has a to-date sales total of 2.81 million.

With sales of 162,000 copies, Beck's "Guero" (Interscope) is forced to settle for a No. 2 entry, which is nonetheless the highest chart position of his 11-year career. His previous best came with 2002's "Sea Change," which debuted at No. 8 with sales of 90,000. To date, Beck's best-seller remains 1996's "Odelay" (DGC/Geffen) at 2.2 million copies.

"Guero" -- which also tops Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart -- leads an infusion of new titles on The Billboard 200 that shakes up the top 10.

Incarcerated rapper Beanie Sigel also notches the highest charting album of his career with the arrival of his third studio album, "The B. Coming" at No. 3. The Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 131,000, shy of his best opening sales week, which came with his 2000 debut "The Truth" (DDMG/Criminal Background). That set sold 156,000 in its first week and has moved 664,000 to date.

"Pleasure & Pain" gives 112 a No. 4 start with sales of 118,000 copies, while the 18th installment of the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" series drops 2-5 thanks to a 63% fall to sales of 101,000.

Continuing this week's new entries is Will Smith's Interscope debut, "Lost and Found," at No. 6. Buoyed by appearances on MTV's "TRL," Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and NBC's "The Today Show," the set moved 98,000 copies. That's a significant improvement over 2002's "Born To Reign" (Columbia), which opened at No. 13 with 60,000 and has sold 237,000 to date. The new album's "Switch" is in its second week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart.

With the largest opening sales week for a comedy album in Nielsen SoundScan's 14-year history, Larry the Cable Guy's "The Right To Bare Arms" (Warner Bros.) enters at No. 7 with sales of 92,000 copies. The "Blue Collar Comedy" comedian is also the first to debut in the top 10 of The Billboard 200 with a comedy set.

Slipping 6-8 is Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire) on a 31% slide to 65,000 , while Frankie J, who led last week's debuts at No. 3 with "The One" (Columbia), sees his set tumble to No. 9 on a 51% drop to 64,000. Rounding out the top 10, Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) falls six slots on a 38% dip to 64,000.

New York electro/rock quintet the Bravery opens at No. 18 with its self-titled Island debut. Los Tigres Del Notre enter at No. 48 with "Directo Al Corazon" (Fonovisa), while Billy Dean earns the biggest opening sales week of his career with "Let Them Be Little" (Curb), starting at No. 50 with 18,000 copies.

Daddy Yankee's "Barrio Fino" (V.I. Music) rises 51-26 on a 12% gain to 29,000 as the chart's pacesetter, following his performance last week on Univision's "Cristina." CFEE/UBO's "Chosen Few: El Documental" is the chart's greatest gainer with a 170-65 jump on an 89% sales boost to 15,000.

Overall U.S. album sales were down 16% from the previous week at 10.4 million units, about 19% off of the same week last year. Sales for the year are about 8% lower than 2004 at 145 million units.